It's Time to Donate to Your Local Trail Organization

Apr 9, 2013 at 11:25
by Lee Lau  
Last week I looked around to see how easy it would be to donate to five organizations who do fantastic work in the areas I ride the most. Lucky enough to split my time between North Vancouver and Whistler, I do trail work in both towns, but speaking from experience, nothing says thank you like cold hard cash.

If you live in a place where you have a trail organization advocating for bike trails and for your interest, skip a beer or a lunch out, open your wallet and make a donation. Trail fairies are everywhere and appreciate it.

Locally for me here are worthwhile organizations to support. Chime in the comments to give a shout out to your local organization.

North Shore - NSMBA. Trails Forever Fund.

Squamish - SORCA. Trail Pass program and membership.

Whistler - WORCA. Membership gets you tons of discounts at local businesses and the WBP.

Pemberton - PVTA (Hey Whistler people - don't forget to help out your neighbours!)

Fraser Valley - FVMBA (Perhaps the best trails in the Lower Mainland; Ricky is going to kill me for saying that!)




68 Comments

  • 12 0
 "If you live in a place where you have a trail organization advocating for bike trails and for your interest, skip a beer or a lunch out, open your wallet and make a donation. Trail fairies are everywhere and appreciate it."

Lee, I couldn't agree more, well said.
We all spend tons of our hard earned cash on bikes and gear but often forget about what it is that lets us use our new toys: trails!
Here in the Cariboo we are fortunate to have strong support from municipalities and Provincial Government. However, a small donation towards the local club will go a long way and a rider can get a real feel of ownership. Not all mountainbikers have the time, skills or stamina to go out and volunteer hands-on. Donating a few dollars from time to time will show your appreciation.

If you live and ride in the Cariboo Region of BC contact the
Cariboo Mountain Bike Consortium at: www.ridethecariboo.com
to find out how you can help.
  • 8 0
 Hey Calgary, there's lots of money in this town and your local trail advocacy groups could use more of it:

www.mmbts.com
www.bvmba.org/home.html
www.cmbalink.com

Unlike love, good trail karma CAN be bought.....
  • 5 0
 Absolutely couldn't agree more! Another great club is United Riders Of Crowsnest in Crowsnest Pass. They are looking to build at least 80 km of additional trail in the next few years, after building about 12km with Jay Hoots' help. Moderate and advanced XC and AM trails, flow and jump trails, DH shuttle runs, and an epic trail are all in the plans. Visit www.uroc.ca to find maps, info on group rides, and donate to the trail fund.
  • 3 1
 so I can't buy a prom date? Frown
  • 3 0
 Another great place to donate.
Trails like Ranger summit, Strange brew, Bragging rights the list goes on could not have been built if it wasn't for donations.
www.braggcreektrails.org
  • 5 0
 As a 13 year old I find it's way to hard to stretch the cash to be able to donate, if I did then my bike would be in ruins. Instead I just go out and volunteer and when I hit up some local trails I always take a shovel and a saw to do repair work etc..., if you don't have the money to donate, donate some time instead!
  • 1 0
 Nothin wrong with that! I used to always ask for a receipt of a trail donation from my aunt for my birthday. (it was either that or books. BLAH!) And at 13, im sure mom and dad can share some love.
  • 4 0
 Thanks caribooyj and Lee for posting on this critical topic. Without bike clubs, there would be little riding for all of us to enjoy so supporting them is absolutely critical. The Williams Lake Cycling Club has launched a specific membership drive this spring in an effort to sustain their ongoing trail maintenance work. Memberships can be purchased online by visiting the Williams Lake Community Page at ridethecariboo.ca/community/williams-lake/puddle-bike-club.
  • 4 0
 Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance does so much for mountain bikers in washington. They not only start amazing parks but also maintain them extremely well. They have done so much for the washington mountain biking comunity. If you dont have money to donate try to donate your time, they have lots of positions that you can volunteer for. If you ride a trail on this list (trails.evergreenmtb.org/w/index.php?title=Special:AllPages&namespace=100) try to donate, weather it be time, money, or supplies anything and evrything helps.

Volunteering: evergreenmtb.org/php/show_page.php?page_id=22

Dnation: evergreenmtb.org/donate
  • 2 0
 I have a growing list of BC trail associations at www.trailforks.com/directory?field_directorytype_tid=41
Many local associations also generate revenue from the local map or guide books, like the excellent guide boko in Nelson. So be sure to stop by a local bike shop and pick-up these products.
  • 2 0
 Don't forget about all the northern bike clubs:
Prince George Cycling Club - spending $80,000 on trails this year! pgcyclingclub.ca.
Burns Lake MTB club: burnslaketrails.ca - fantastic trail network, over $1 million spent on trail development thus far
Smithers: smithersmountainbike.ca - some of the best riding in BC, with around half a million bucks spent on bike trails!

These clubs have a significantly smaller user and volunteer base than the southern clubs, with often more trail kms to maintain. Also, great riding destinations for those willing to make the trip.
  • 2 0
 Where do these people get thier money? Those amounts are huge!
  • 1 0
 Excellent comment on the smaller user and volunteer base Liam, certainly something to consider.
  • 1 1
 Tourism BC
  • 1 0
 at telebiker. yea man its called sharing... or wait chairing doesnt exist. why the fick would a chair need a golden ring...
it makes a human so UBER... and wtfi if i go below treshold again. :$
  • 1 0
 Generally the amounts are raised through various federal, provincial or municipal government grants, with some corporate donors kicking in some cash. The grants generally require a significant amount of volunteer time to apply for, though!
  • 6 0
 Victoria; simbs.com
  • 2 0
 Minnesota Off Road Cyclists- MORC... If you are in central MN, they are working hard for you. Cyclists of Gitchee Gummi Shores- COGGS ...Bringing the best of what's available to the midwest this year in gravity riding and over 100 miles of singletrack in Duluth, MN Mankato Area Mountain Bikers- MAMB...Newer club servicing the south central MN area. Get involved!
  • 2 0
 Rossland/Trail/Warfield/Montrose/Fruitvale/ local organization: our local organization is the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society or KCTS

check out the network and donate or volunteer at

www.rosslandtrails.ca/Default.aspx?pageId=1294287
  • 2 0
 Lots of great things going on in surrey this year! 5 Twoonie races, 2 dj comps, kids camps! group rides and a ton of park construction being funded by the city of surrey. Check out www.sorcebikeclub.org or on Facebook at Facebook.com/sorcebikeclub.org . It's going to be an awesome year!!
  • 2 0
 This will be my first season riding MTB, coming in from a road cycling background.

I've already signed up for a local advocacy/trail building group and plan on donating my time. The way I figure is, I'm riding on trails for free, trails that were built by people who came before me, so I HAVE to pay the toll.

Not being able to donate cash isn't an excuse, your time is appreciated as trails need grooming and rebuilding, especially in the spring months.
  • 2 0
 Another good idea is to set up an Amazon account to support your club.
So % of sales fund your club.
For example, here in california, many if us are in a specific second amendment club so we have shop42a.com
Which has generated thousands!
I guess its an affiliate link dealeo..
  • 3 0
 Greater Toronto Area Trails: Durham Mountain Biking Association - durhammountainbiking.ca

Lot's of advocacy committees, become a member and donate your time and/or money!
  • 2 0
 Ceres Park Riders! Ceres Park is in South Jersey. Look up the group on facebook. They're going to be building some important things in the park very soon, including a bridge, and I'm sure they could use any help they can get. www.facebook.com/groups/188618041258
  • 2 0
 Great post Lee, Id like to give a shout out to Sorce in Surrey, There isn't much mountains in surrey but that doesn't mean there's not lots of good trails and bike skills parks, check them out, sorcebikeclub.org
  • 5 0
 The Fernie Mountain Bike Club needs mulla as well. Bikefernie.ca
  • 3 0
 For Western Washington readers, mosey on over to evergreenmtb.org. The good people at EMBA make a lot of great things possible. Show the love!
  • 3 0
 I believe Eastern Washington now also benefits from the awesomeness that is Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance.
  • 1 0
 Ah, you are correct! After my post I went over to the site and paid this year's dues and saw the option to support some Eastern Washington chapters.
  • 1 0
 can digger come around here. digging te hills a bit bigger. it only 20-25meters . you know that just aint enough... WHY cant it be 50-60 would be so much BETTER. lol. not really ^^ lol. need to go for my driving license will be so much less wurk. hehe
  • 3 0
 Thank you Lee great job! You truly care for your community and we appreciate it!
  • 2 0
 Support your local club and other areas you ride in!
www.facebook.com/pages/North-Okanagan-Cycling-Society/130038260395471
  • 2 0
 If you ride gravity in tennessee, the guys at TTC are looking for donations for a new shuttle car. For more info check out the Middle TN gravity page on FB
  • 2 0
 Thx Lee. Come out to a TAP day and volunteer. Boogieman on sat April 27th. 9am at Old Buck parking lot Good Karma to all who show up!
  • 1 0
 @finnrambo still lots of trail being worked on Seymour. NSMBA does not work on Ladies Only. People actually ride higher up than Bobsled... maybe if your balls dropped you could walk your Stider past Floppy Bunny.
  • 2 0
 Hey Vermont, fotwheel.org sign up and ride sweet terrain. There's a good group of guys behind it always working to make it bigger and better.
  • 3 0
 Mountain Trails Foundation in Park City, UT mountaintrails.org
  • 1 0
 PC is great!!, What about Salt Lake City. Is WAFTA the only organization?
  • 2 0
 Stafford Lake Bike Park in Novato CA needs money! www.staffordlakebikepark.com/Home.html
  • 2 0
 Well spoken Lee! Shout out to North Slocan Trails Society in New Denver BC. They're on facebook, no website yet.
  • 2 0
 I'll give a shout out to Trail Builders Copenhagen in, you guessed it, Copenhagen.
  • 2 0
 Check out the Copper Harbor Trails Club. Great REAL mountain biking in the Midwest of the US. Just ask Shandro!!!
  • 2 0
 Shuswap Trail Alliance - STA www.shuswaptrailalliance.com
  • 2 0
 West Australian Mountain Bike Association!!!
www.wamba.org.au
  • 2 0
 Greater Houston Off-Road Biking Association!! ghorba.org
  • 1 0
 Victoria-Vancouver Island - South Island Mountain Bike Society: simbs.com/trail-maintenance
  • 1 0
 man I wish I lived by a trail organization
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